Background Surgical excision with wide margins, prevention of respiratory impairment, and protection of surrounding organs are primary goals in resection and reconstruction of the chest wall. We describe our experience of the use of cadaveric cryopreserved sternal allograft. Methods Eighteen patients underwent surgery. Indications for sternectomy were sternal metastases (n = 9), primary chondrosarcoma (n = 4), sternal dehiscence (n = 2), soft tissue sarcoma (n = 1), malignant solitary fibrous tumor (n = 1), and direct involvement of thymic carcinoma (n = 1). The defect was reconstructed using a cadaveric sternal allograft harvested aseptically, treated with antibiotic solution, and cryopreserved (−80°C). The graft was tailored to fit the defect and fixed in place with titanium plates and screws. Results Four patients underwent a total sternectomy, 8 a partial lower sternectomy, and 6 a partial upper sternectomy. In 14 patients, muscle flaps were positioned to cover the graft. During the postoperative course, 1 patient died of pulmonary embolism, 1 had systemic Candida infection, and 1 had surgical revision for bleeding at the site of muscle flap. One patient required removal of a screw on the clavicle 4 months after operation because of partial dislocation. At a median follow-up of 36 months, neither infection nor rejection of the graft occurred; 13 patients are alive without disease, and 4 patients had died. None had local tumor relapse. Conclusions Sternal replacement with cadaveric allograft is safe and effective, providing optimal stability of the chest wall and protection of the surrounding organs, even after extensive chest wall resections. The allograft was biologically well tolerated, allowing a perfect integration into the host.

Safety and Effectiveness of Cadaveric Allograft Sternochondral Replacement After Sternectomy: A New Tool for the Reconstruction of Anterior Chest Wall

DELL'AMORE, ANDREA;DADDI, NICCOLO';DOLCI, GIAMPIERO;STELLA, FRANCO;
2017

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Background Surgical excision with wide margins, prevention of respiratory impairment, and protection of surrounding organs are primary goals in resection and reconstruction of the chest wall. We describe our experience of the use of cadaveric cryopreserved sternal allograft. Methods Eighteen patients underwent surgery. Indications for sternectomy were sternal metastases (n = 9), primary chondrosarcoma (n = 4), sternal dehiscence (n = 2), soft tissue sarcoma (n = 1), malignant solitary fibrous tumor (n = 1), and direct involvement of thymic carcinoma (n = 1). The defect was reconstructed using a cadaveric sternal allograft harvested aseptically, treated with antibiotic solution, and cryopreserved (−80°C). The graft was tailored to fit the defect and fixed in place with titanium plates and screws. Results Four patients underwent a total sternectomy, 8 a partial lower sternectomy, and 6 a partial upper sternectomy. In 14 patients, muscle flaps were positioned to cover the graft. During the postoperative course, 1 patient died of pulmonary embolism, 1 had systemic Candida infection, and 1 had surgical revision for bleeding at the site of muscle flap. One patient required removal of a screw on the clavicle 4 months after operation because of partial dislocation. At a median follow-up of 36 months, neither infection nor rejection of the graft occurred; 13 patients are alive without disease, and 4 patients had died. None had local tumor relapse. Conclusions Sternal replacement with cadaveric allograft is safe and effective, providing optimal stability of the chest wall and protection of the surrounding organs, even after extensive chest wall resections. The allograft was biologically well tolerated, allowing a perfect integration into the host.
Marulli, Giuseppe; Dell'Amore, Andrea; Calabrese, Francesca; Schiavon, Marco; Daddi, Niccolò; Dolci, Giampiero; Stella, Franco; Rea, Federico
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